Nick Meese got 70 hitouts against Essendon. Very dominant. Williamstown have good players all over the ground and if they can get off to a good start Richmond will be under severe pressure. Many Williamstown players are unheralded and under rated. Andy Collins is a very astute coach will no doubt do his homework on the tigers.
Lovely to see you out of the woodwork Commie !!
An unfortunate incident at the weekend but have always believed in the old saying "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone "
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Spoken like a true Borough man Mega, Cannot believe what I am reading Port faithful barracking for Williamstown, wouldn't lasted 5 minutes in the old days.
Williamstown's performance yesterday was as good a team effort as I have seen for many a long day against a team of broken down hasbeens led by an outstanding game from the big man Meese who must have thought his birthdays had all come at once. Think he might find it a little bit harder next week !
Dont think Willy or any ex VFA club still has 4000 supporters It will the Richmond fans tha will make up 80% of the crowd.The weather will pay a big part and its not loooking good.
Even though Ive never had a VFL/AFL club Ive always had a soft spot for the Tigers.
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Might be the case that we haven't always been the choir boys of the competition but that hit was unwarranted and we have not played in that manner for many years. People talk about Ports bullish style but we have been on the receiving end as well. E.G. 76 Grand final and more recently lets not forget that Batsanis was also knocked out unconcious a few years ago.
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If Jake aarts did that in the old vfa he would have been knocked out in seconds. Massive brawl would have erupted and Richmond players would have been targeted. Billy I have followed Richmond in the old vfl now afl since Bartlett had hair. However it is only their seconds and would never ever support an afl seconds team over a vfa team. If sandringham were standalone and were playing against an afl seconds team what would you be saying ? Of course Richmond will have 80% of the crowd since they have 100,000 members and most likely the afl tigers will be in the afl gf. If the weather is wet cold and windy would favour the seagulls.
Silly queation VFA Of course if Sandy were standalone I would favour them against any other team they were playing.But sadly I dont see them being standalone anytime in the near future.
I know that if sandy were back as a standalone you would be more than happy. Only stirring. Plenty of other old vfa fans whatever is left of us would love to see the zebras back on their own. Another old vfa team back on their own would be great. I too think it is extremely unlikely.
If this game were at Port I'd have my money on Willi, but I think the wider expanses at Princes Park favour the Tiges. Still, if there is a bit of weather about that helps the Gulls turn this into a stoppage-based scrap they are a real chance. If you are winning the ball at the coalface against Richmond you're halfway there because they do run forward pretty hard.
Williamstown have been in super form for last half of the season. A narrow loss to Werribee under lights is their only blemish. I would ignore the seagulls shocker against Richmond earlier in the season. Williamstown are on their game and playing very well and the likelihood for Sunday of rain will favour them. They are very hard in and under and can compete with Richmond in the air as well as ground level. Nick Mellington has been cleared to play. Not sure if Jake Aarts has been cited. Nick Meese will give the Richmond rucks a hard time. Wonder if Richmond will keep some players in cotton will if the AFL team make the ground as emergencies just in case. They would have to just in case of mishaps. Ivan Soldo will be getting a game on Friday which make Meese job even easier. Andy Collins is very astute and will do plenty of homework on Richmond. He can get the seagulls to make it hard for Richmond to score. I remember the 1997 VFA GF where Andy Collins coached zebras outplayed hot favourites Frankston and strangled them where they struggled to score. Williamstown has a few avenues to goal with some unheralded players on the weekend in Ebinger with 5 goals in the Prelim add to that Nick Rodda likely to return and with Jaylon Thorpe who is a bit hit or miss can do anything on his day. The Frankston pair in Pongracic and Josh Pickess who is a bull will be good value for the seagulls especially in the wet. Richmond will have 70 % of the crowd but a good start by the seagulls will silence the majority of them. Great to see the GF back at Princes park for the first time since 2007 where Geelong beat Coburg.
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